Family Review: Peter Pan at Derby Arena - Derby Days Out Blog
11th December 2019

The Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment panto at Derby Arena has become a much loved yearly Derby Days Out family tradition, and this time we were invited along to the press night of Peter Pan!

The Derby Arena venue is easy to find (on Pride Park) and there’s ample parking which is £3 on arrival.

After collecting our show tickets we found the fully stocked bar for refreshment and with ‘a sprinkling of fairy dust’ headed to our seats, guided by the very helpful attendant.

In this year’s show, stars of the stage and screen included Bill Ward as Captain Hook, who most people will know from Coronation Street and Emmerdale, plus Katrina Bryan as Tinker Bell, known for her much loved roles on the Cbeebies Channel. 

Thomas Grant made his first ever panto debut as Peter Pan and treated us to a fantastic performance. @Morgan_Brind was (as usual) excellent as Auntie Hilda, our much loved dame who made us laugh every-time she was on stage, not to mention the absolutely stunning outfits she treated us to this year! My personal favourite was the Bath...!

The stage scenery was vibrantly colourful and dazzled us with panto- glitter! 

From start to finish the show was packed full of well-known sing-a-long songs that my girls sang along to and the adults were treated to very funny pun runs, a few ‘good old’ Derby jokes and your classic panto one-liners which kept us chuckling all the way through! 

The audience were also treated to a few surprises along the way (but I won’t spoil these).

The show was accompanied by the fantastic live band and the talented junior ensemble were excellent and brought the show to life!

We all thoroughly enjoyed Peter Pan! It's a show packed full of fun and laughter - a superb Derby Day/Night Out for all the family!

We left Derby Arena feeling happy and very Christmassy and we would definitely recommend it to other families!

Thanks again to Derby Arena, Derby LIVE, Little Wolf Entertainment, the whole cast and everyone connected to Peter Pan for such a fabulous, family night out. We are already looking forward to Sleeping Beauty next year!

Watch the Peter Pan Trail here:

Peter Pan is currently showing at Derby Arena until 4 Jan 2020

Tickets for Peter Pan cost from £13.50 - £31.50 and can be purchased online at, at the Sales and Information Centre, Riverside Chambers, Full Street, DE1 3AF or by calling 01332 255 800.

All images credit to Robert Day


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